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Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Making Roads Safe
Make Roads Safe is a world-wide effort to prevent the deaths of 1.2 million people every year. Someone on this planet dies every 30 seconds because of a traffic crash. Unless we do something about it now, these deaths will double by 2020.
The Make Roads Safe campaign endorses the policy proposals of the World Health Organization's World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention and aims to identify funding to enable implementation of the World Report's recommendations.
By promoting road safety in our communities and supporting the international efforts to put road traffic injury prevention on the G8 and United Nations agendas, Make Roads Safe aims to raise public and political awareness of this public health problem so that every country will make road safety a priority. Make Roads Safe is relying on public support, and political will, to prevent the deaths of more than 3000 people, including 500 children, occurring every day.
"Road safety is important to our health, our economy, and our quality of life," said Norman Y. Mineta, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce. "I am committed to improving transportation safety for all people. Let's work together to Make Roads Safe, for our nation and for the world.”
High income countries like the US have developed effective traffic safety measures that can help other countries avoid the deadly "learning curve" we endured for decades. Pilot projects in Chile, Costa Rica, Ghana, Vietnam, and Thailand have already made an impact with drunk driving enforcement, primary seat belt laws, speed bumps, motorcycle helmet laws, and road engineering improvements.
Motor vehicle-related injuries are the #1 cause of death to travelers worldwide, so ensuring safe roads is important to every country.
For more information, to download the MAKE ROADS SAFE report that outlines exactly what governments, communities, and individuals can do to help prevent road traffic deaths and injuries worldwide, and to find out how to participate in the first UN Global Road Safety week, April 23-29, go online at www.makeroadssafe.org.
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